"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages

Gettysburg Conference
October 12-14, 2012

The Thirteenth Biennial Conference 
of the International Seminar on 
Pre-Reformation Theology 
and the American Cusanus Society

25th Anniversary Year

Our focus will be on works by Nicholas of Cusa (De pace fidei, 1453, a dialogue on world religions, and Cribratio Alkorani, 1460-61, a critical reading of the Qur’an) and his contemporary John of Segovia. We shall also consider the Qur'an’s portrayal of Jesus and other Muslim responses to Christianity. In the end, we hope that our discussions will contribute to today’s urgent need for improved understanding between Muslims and Christians.

Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages - 2012 Gettysburg Conference

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